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The High Window: Classic Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Paperback – 28 Jul 2011


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (28 July 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0241956293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956298
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Mcdaniel on 25 Dec 2012
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This is one of the lesser known Philip Marlowe tales, but it is very good. All of the Marlowe stories are slightly different in that they tend to emphasize different aspects of mystery writing. For example, The Long Goodbye really gets into Marlowe's psychological insights and emotions. The High Window is much more plot-driven, and the plot is very complicated. In fact it is slightly overcomplicated, which is why I have given it four stars rather than five. But for all that, it is still an excellent read and a full member of the Chandler genre. Highly recommended.
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By S. J. Hannaway on 14 Dec 2013
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I pretty much agree with the Stephen McDaniel review but would add Chandler really is in a class by himself who knew his business & wrote in a style you have to get into, there's alot going on here, I really enjoyed the journey from beginning to end.
Although it's a lesser known Marlowe, there's been two film noir style movies made of this particular book, 'Time to kill' (1943) and 'The Brasher Doubloon' (1947).
If you like his style, you will like this book immensely, I did...
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By Sylvia Mead on 7 Sep 2014
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Very good read, if you are a Chandler fan, which I am
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GOOD READ
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Murder, Blackmail, and More Murder 24 Oct 2013
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The High Window, Raymond Chandler

Wealthy widow Mrs. Elizabeth Murdock hired Philip Marlowe [These scenes show the literary flourishes necessarily absent from his short stories.] Mrs. Murdock wants Marlowe to retrieve a valuable item that was stolen by a member of her family; nobody is to be arrested (Chapter 2). This is a rare gold coin: the Brasher Doubloon. Mrs. Murdock believes her daughter-in-law took it when she left her son; she had been a night club singer. Marlowe begins to investigate the leads, and meets various people. Chandler's literary descriptions of the people provide background on the individuals. Complications arise from his interview with these various people. Soon a dead body is found (another private investigator). A package arrives for Marlowe - it has one gold coin (Chapter 12). But Mrs. Murdock no longer wants the coin (Chapter 13). The coin dealer is found dead (Chapter 14). The police think Marlowe is holding out on information on that private investigator (Chapter 16).

Chandler shows his skill at dialogue at the Idle Valley Patrol (Chapter 17). Linda returned to her old job. She said she didn't take the rare coin. Marlowe warns Mrs. Murdock about the police investigation and learns how the coin was returned (Chapter 20). There is a surprising confession to a murder (Chapter 23). [In those days you could park a car in the street and leave the keys in the lock (Chapter 28)!] Marlowe overhears a conversation about Louis Vannier (Chapter 30). Marlowe surmises what happened (Chapter 33). And there is another surprise (Chapter 34)! The last chapters tie up the loose ends.

This is a good story but I thought the ending was weak. Chandler uses the language of those days. The dollar figures date this novel. [It was then illegal for a private citizen to own gold coins. That is one reason for not calling in the authorities.]
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